It’s been a few months since NVIDIA first unveiled its SHIELD gaming console. Now, the Android TV set-top box is finally available to order, starting at $199 for the standard model or $299 for the a 500GB option.
The standard package includes the SHIELD box and a gaming controller with built-in voice search. The more expensive option also includes Bordelands: The Pre-Sequel. However, you’ll still have to pay extra for the stand ($29) and the Advanced Remote ($49), which features a more classic design that non-gamers may prefer. You can also double down on the gaming with an extra controller for $59. The company says other bundles may become available later.
NVIDIA’s new SHIELD is one of the first Android TV devices to hit the market beside’s Google’s Nexus Player. It’s also being billed as “The Flagship of Android TV” thanks to its powerful Tegra X1 chip and sleek, compact design. It’s a pretty impressive gadget, packing in everything Google’s software has to offer along with a few NVIDIA-specific perks.
Alongside live TV and popular streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix, SHIELD also puts a clear emphasis on gaming. That includes a list of more advanced mobile games straight from Google Play, which have been curated by NVIDIA, and access to the company’s GRID service that streams PC games.
You can buy the SHIELD console straight from NVIDIA or on Amazon beginning now. It should be available from the Google Store website in June, though it won’t show up in physical stores until the fall. It’s also slated to arrive Europe in time for the holiday shopping season.